Scot Mattox retired in September 2013 as a Sergeant with the Portland Police Department after 26 years in law enforcement. During his career, he held a number of positions within the police department including Patrol Sergeant, Tactical Enforcement Sergeant and Internal Affairs Investigator.

After leaving Portland Police Department, Scot worked as a Hearings Examiner for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, before taking a position as Maine’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP). 

In 2017, Scot started Dirigo Safety, LLC, a company providing expert services in law enforcement training, traffic safety and workplace safety.  Scot integrates his experiences with Maine Bureau of Highway Safety; as well as oversees Dirigo Safety’s contract work with the Maine Center for Disease Control’s for Administrative Oversight of the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. Scot stays connected to his law enforcement roots as a reserve officer for Falmouth PD and a Special Assistant District Attorney for District 4 (Kennebec County). 

Dirigo Safety, LLC is the primary vendor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as Lesson Plan Writers for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Dirigo Safety, LLC  also conducts law enforcement in-service training all over Maine and several New England States.


Shawn O’Leary is our Senior Executive Consultant - He oversees our Policy Development Services, Online Training Programs for Maine Law Enforcement agencies, product development for private organizations and law enforcement agencies and is one of our core instructors at Dirigo Safety. Recently he has developed Dirigo Safety’s Active Threat Response Program for schools, businesses, and places of worship. 

Shawn has over 34 years of Law Enforcement experience, 14 of which 

has been at the Command Level, and Senior Executive Level. During his career in law enforcement, he has worked in several units including Patrol and Undercover Operations for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Shawn was a member of the Special Response Team for the Town of Brunswick for ten years, the Primary Use of Force Instructor, which included being Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certified Instructor in Firearms and Interactive Use of Force Instructor. After retiring from the Brunswick Police Department, he worked for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office where he oversaw the Support Services Division and then the Criminal Investigations Division. He is currently the Chief of Police for the Town of Winslow, Maine. 

Shawn’s extensive work experience is only part of his background, and his education has played a crucial role in teaching. He is a 2013 Graduate of the prestigious of the FBI - National Academy. Has a Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors, in Business Administration/Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bangor Community College. 


Michael A. Cunniff was awarded a law degree magna cum laude by Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and an undergraduate degree in psychology cum laude by Boston College. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Courts of Maine and Massachusetts and their subordinate courts, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings as assigned to Mike a rating of " AV Preeminent," reflecting that peers in the legal community ranked him as having achieved the highest level of professional excellence, including in the categories of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience, and as having met very high ethical criteria. Mike has been listed in Legal Leaders: Boston's Top-Rated Lawyers in the fields of administrative, civil rights, and criminal law. 

Mike began his law practice in 1999 after 27 years of federal law enforcement service with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and its predecessor agency, the United States Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.  At the time of his retirement from federal service, Mike was a Supervisory Special Agent managing a Massachusetts-based multi-jurisdictional task force operating in the inner-city neighborhoods of Eastern Massachusetts, often concentrating on the suppression of drug-related violence. He served in permanent posts of duty in Boston, New York City, and Portland, Maine. 

Enlisted to help prepare aspiring lawyers for the courtroom, Mike accepted an appointment from the University of Maine School of Law as a member of its adjunct faculty, where he served from 2007 until early 2012. At the Law School, he taught courses in trial practice, as well as sentencing law and strategy.  Mike also regularly supports efforts to provide continuing legal education to the law enforcement community; he makes presentations to law enforcement audiences on topics ranging from constitutional criminal procedure to case preparation to situational uses of force and related police liability issues.


Hon. John David Kennedy, is commonly known to his colleagues and friends as David, was recently appointed as Maine’s Judicial Outreach Liaison. He is serving in that function through his consulting firm, The Kennedy Group, LLC, as a sub-contractor to Dirigo Safety, LLC, which is the primary contractor for Maine’s NHTSA-funded Initiatives That Work program. In addition, he is a Senior Counsel with the firm of Eaton Peabody in Brunswick, where his practice is limited to mediation and arbitration, including ADR services in cases involving vintage and collector automobiles.

Prior to Judge Kennedy retiring from the bench in 2014, he served as a Judge of the MaineDistrict Court from 2002 to 2014, and prior to that was a Magistrate in the Family Division from1998 to 2002. He was awarded the Career Performance Award, the Judicial Branch’s highest achievement award, in 2013. Before his judicial service he was a Regional Administrator for theAdministrative Office of the Courts; served as the Revisor of Statutes for the Maine Legislature, litigated matters at Amerling & Burns, PA, and served as Executive Director at Pine Tree LegalAssistance. He has an A.B. degree from the College of the Holy Cross (1973), a J.D. degree fromBoston University Law School (1976), and completed post-graduate seminars in mediation and facilitation at the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School (1995-96).

Together with Justice Andrew M. Horton he is a co-author of Do Your Divorce Right; Straight Talk fromFamily Court Judges. Judge Kennedy is a frequent presenter at various legal education programs in Maine.As Maine’s first Judicial Outreach Liaison, Judge Kennedy will be working with judges, court staff and other stakeholders to provide information, resources, and training on impaired driving highway safety issues.

Recognizing the need for appropriate education and training in this area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it a priority to provide resources to educate judges and other court staff on impaired driving issues. Partnering with the Judicial Division of theAmerican Bar Association, NHTSA has created a national program of Judicial Outreach Liaisons as a part of itsCountermeasures that Work initiative. Under this program, seven NHTSA regions now have JOLs, covering 36 states, and 11 states have their own JOL